– Meet Metronome cheese, for serious lovers of mixed-milk flavor. –
Named after the ticking device used by musicians to keep their rhythm while practicing, Metronome is a gorgeous pyramid of precocious mixed-milk personality. The cheesemaker, Soyoung Scanlan of Andante Dairy, hand-crafts Metronome cheese in a shape traditionally reserved only for goat cheeses, giving Metronome an air of mystery for anyone schooled in the art of traditional French cheesemaking.
Set all preconceived notions aside, though; before your first bite you may expect the playful tang of goat’s milk, but a quick sweep of Metronome’s rich paste across your palate yields a different experience altogether. An intriguing blend of cow and goat’s milk, this cheese’s firm texture yields near the edges for a rich, buttery creamline, but what makes this cheese truly special is its paste. Metronome loves to float across your tongue like a sonata, smooth in its personality but with enough texture to hold your attention.
Both grassy and tart, the twang of goat milk picks its way through the fatty notes of a chorus provided by Northern California Jersey cows. Metronome cheese goes just as well alongside slow-roasted tomatoes as it does standard cheese plate offerings, such as dried fruit and Marcona almonds.
If you happen across this pyramidal monolith, grab as many as you can carry!